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Howard Shore has collaborated with David Cronenberg on a number of groundbreaking films. Their works together to date are The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, Dead Ringers (for which Mr. Shore won a Genie Award), Naked Lunch, M. Butterfly, Crash, eXistenZ, the short Camera, Spider, A History of Violence, and now Eastern Promises.
Mr. Shore is among the most respected and active film composers and music conductors at work today. He won three Academy Awards for his work on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy; these were for The Fellowship of the Ring, The Return of the King, and the song "Into the West." The trilogy also earned him four Grammy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. He received his third Golden Globe Award for his score of Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. He has earned the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Henry Mancini Award; the National Board of Review's Career Achievement Award; the Hollywood Film Festival's Outstanding Achievement in Music in Film award; and, twice, the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award, among other honors.
Mr. Shore began his career as a founding member of the group Lighthouse, with whom he recorded and toured with from 1969 to 1972. He then went on to serve as the original musical director of Saturday Night Live, conductingthe show's live broadcasts from 1975 to 1980 and writing the show's theme.
His many film scores include the ones for Martin Scorsese's The Departed, Gangs of New York,and After Hours;Tim Burton's Ed Wood; Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia; David Fincher's Panic Room, The Game, and Se7en; Penny Marshall's Big; and Chris Columbus's Mrs. Doubtfire. In addition to his film projects, Mr. Shore is currently writing The Fly, an opera commissioned by Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and Los Angeles Opera, with a libretto by David Henry Hwang and David Cronenberg to direct.